Metal News for September 19, 2013
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A creepy red mini-van, counterfeit money, and a warning about "going down" highlight new videos this week. More...
Due to personal reasons, guitarist Ross Ragusa has chosen to amicably part ways with Connecticut based metal band Dead by Wednesday.
Ross states, "I love my brothers in DBW, I wish them nothing but success, as they deserve it for the years of hard work they put into this project. This was the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life. But the road has done serious damage to my back and neck, so I need to step away to get healthy, pursue an education in music, and come out strong to become the musician I was born to be."
As hard as it was for the rest of the band to hear this, the show must go on, and the remaining band members wish him nothing but the best. Drummer Opus comments: "Although we will miss Ross on many different levels, we look forward to the the excitement and possibilities of working with some new energy and flesh blood. We don't care how long it takes for our search, but hopefully our 'Randy Rhodes' will walk through the door."
DBW will be holding national auditions for a replacement guitarist. All candidates must be pro and willing to tour. According to the band, “To be considered, you must be as good or better than Mr. Ross Ragusa. If you think you got what it takes, and are serious about your career, email Omindsnap@aol.com.” More...
Check out the live stream of Rock In Rio tonight (September 19th) via the link below. The live stream will feature the following performances:
Alice in Chains
Sepultura (with Tambours du Bronx)
The live stream can be viewed right here:
Greek power duet TKG is thrilled to announce the release of latest single “No Shortcuts (Paving The Way Forward)," which is available now worldwide.
You can now stream the single at the band's website here. The track follows the band's previous full-length album "Pattern Partner." Guitar virtuoso Theodore Kalantzakos commented:
"We are inspired from A. Machado’s (1875-1939) words 'Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.' Since our last release it was a hard working, but at the same time, an enjoyable period for the band. This composition is for all the 'wanderers' who love to keep their head down and working hard on 'paving' their 'way forward.' This composition could also be a page in the band's virtual 'music diary' witnessing that 'road' with 'no shortcuts,' made 'by walking.'"
A video clip is scheduled to be out on September 25th, while a show and clinic tour is being planned for November 2013 to May 2014.
Istanbul melodic death metal outfit Anoreksi has released the "Bring Me An Hourglass" EP online, which is now available for streaming below, or you can pick up a digital copy at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Emptiness 04:40
2. Orphaned Dark Demon 04:48
3. My Suicides 05:24
4. Bring Me an Hourglass 04:50 More...
After Me, The Flood’s new single, "Hell Is Empty," is being released in celebration of "The Blackout Tour" featuring Forty Winters, A Fight For Life, and Fero Lux. Check out the track below, and full tour dates are available after the jump.
This song is only one of two singles that will be released before the tour starts. The other single "Dead Lights" will be released on Saturday, September 21st. More...
U.K. act Fragments has posted "The Come Around" EP online for streaming, which includes a cover of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Give it a listen in the player below or download the tracks for free at Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. Into The Fray (ft. Crayg Williams - Terraform) 04:51
2. The Come Around 03:16
3. C'est La Vie 03:17
4. Dedication 02:55
5. We are never ever getting back together [Taylor Swift cover] 03:04
6. Blood slide [Instrumental] 02:15
7. The Great Mortality 05:40 More...
West Coast extreme metal marauders Oblivion are pleased to officially unleash the audio punishment that is their "Called to Rise" full-length upon the masses next month. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Focused on crafting music that transcends time and genres, Oblivion features a compelling cast of characters with All Shall Perish founding bassist Ben Orum, vocalist Dr. Nick Vasallo, a professor of music and internationally acclaimed modernist composer, guitarists Ted O'Neill and Victor Dods who's currently completing his PhD in mathematics, and drum prodigy Luis Martinez, trained by renowned jazz funk musician Ndugu Chancler.
"Initially self-released earlier this year to the riotous endorsement of fans and critics alike, Oblivion's Called to Rise was produced by Zack Ohren of Castle Ultimate Studios (Suffocation, Immolation, Decrepit Birth, Deeds of Flesh) and sold out in just a few weeks."
"Called to Rise" will be re-released via Unique Leader Records on October 15th with four bonus tracks. The track listing is:
1. Oblivion Part 1: The Chant of Tyrants
2. Black Veils of Justice (check out the video below)
3. Between Suns of Light
4. Binary Souls
6. Canon in E Minor
8. Reigns in Fire
9. Cancer of Wraiths
11. Oblivion Part 2: Infinite Descent
12. Black Veils of Justice (Instrumental Version)
13. Shred I: Multiverse (String Orchestra)
14. Shred II: Long Deaf Hate (String Orchestra)
15. Multiverse (String Orchestra) More...
Norway's celestial dark rock outfit Ulver has launched a teaser trailer for upcoming album "Messe I.X - IV.X." Check it out below.
"Messe I.X - IV.X" is due out on October 8th via Kscope. The album will be available as a vinyl, download, and CD, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album. Fans can pre-order Messe I.X - IV.X through the Kscope webstore here.
A new song "Glamour Box (ostinati)" is also currently streaming at this location. The full album's track listing is:
1. As Syrians Pour In, Lebanon Grapples With Ghosts of a Bloody Past
2. Shri Schneider
3. Glamour Box (ostinati)
4. Son Of Man
5. Noche Oscura Del Alma
6. Mother Of Mercy More...
Metal Church is streaming the new track "Scream." The song appears on the upcoming comeback release "Generation Nothing," which is scheduled for release on October 22, 2013 via Rat Pak Records.
The track listing and cover art for the album can be seen over at this location. Check out "Scream" here:
Belgian groove metal outfit Yata has release the new song “A Bullet of Knowledge,” which can be streamed in the player below or downloaded at the band's Reverbnation page here.
Yata will also be releasing a new track in the next few days, and both songs will appear on an upcoming EP due out in October. Further details are forthcoming. More...
Svart Records has announced November 14th, 2013 as the release date of Tombstoned's self-titled debut album. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Committing their their first undead body to the earth, Tombstoned are veritable funeral directors of doom, kicking up new dirt in the old graveyard with a warm vintage sound that's as fresh as it is genuine. Dragging along truckloads of smoking riffs and coffins of classic, doom-laden heavy rock 'n' roll, these young stalwarts of psych-rock have the real magic of a future classic.
"Brimming with southern swamp atmospheres, reminiscent of Neil Young or Woven Hand and dosed up on heavy Sabbathian, timeless riffs, Tombstoned's debut album bristles forth with chainsaw guitars that put bands like High Tide ahead of their time. Every bit real-deal purveyors of the finest art, Tombstoned the album is an unforgettable collection of diehard tracks to die for.
"Vocals like the bastard lovechild of Ozzy, Robert Smith, and Hawkwind-era Lemmy hook you into the gloom in a way that's been lost for decades. Just when you thought that heavy classics are getting harder and harder to find, Tombstoned show up in a haze of heaving, dusty doom-rock like a shining diamond in a vagrant's tooth. More...
Scaremaker has checked in with the following announcement about recording an upcoming new album:
"We are proud to announce work has officially begun on our second full-length album. Recording for guitars and bass should start sometime in the next few weeks. We're not going to overrun our page with updates, but we will be making a few here and there so keep watch for what's to come!"
You can also stream the band's "Grim Reaping" EP in the Bandcamp player provided below. More...
Cronian - the union of Borknagar mastermind Øystein G. Brun and Vintersorg - will release new album "Erathems" on November 8th (November 12th in North America) via Season of Mist.
Today the band unveils the artwork and track listing for "Erathems," which can be found below.
1. Cold Wave Eruption
3. Drifting Station
4. Moments And Monuments
5. Blackwater Horizon
6. Core Resiliency
7. Chemical Dawn
8. End(Durance) Part III
9. Full Moon Inferno [bonus track on European digipak and digital editions] More...
No Second Chance has posted a new music video online for the track "Liar," which comes off the "Face Reality" EP, available now through Rucktion Records.
Watch the video below, or you can also catch No Second Chance on tour in Europe over the next few weeks with Malevolence. Dates can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.
Russian/Serbian/Canadian metal collective Kartikeya has released a new music video today for "Tunnels Of Naraka."
Insomnium will release a new digital single on November 19th titled "Ephemeral." The track comes off the band's upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album, which will follows previous full-length "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here).
Today a lyric video for "Ephemeral" has also been released and can be viewed below, courtesy of Metal Hammer. This single marks the first track to feature the band’s new guitarist, Markus Vanhala (also in Omnium Gatherum), who replaced Ville Vänni in 2011.
Kataklysm today premieres new track "Like Animals" online, which comes from the upcoming album "Waiting For The End to Come." Check out the track in the player below, courtesy of TheGauntlet.com.
"Waiting for the End to Come" is due out October 25th (EU), October 28th (UK) and October 29th, 2013 (NA) via Nuclear Blast. The track listing is as follows:
02. If I Was God - I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite (streaming here)
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood - Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
12. The American Way (Sacred Reich over)*
* Deluxe Digipak & LP version only More...
As Brescia, Italy-based progressive metal troupe Tragodia prepares for Kolony Records to release upcoming third studio full-length, "Mythmaker," this November, this week the band proudly unveils the first single from the album.
"A Temple In Time" is today being disbursed to the public via a lyric video created by the band. Tragodia guitarist Francesco Lupi comments:
"We are pleased to reveal a first glimpse into our new full-length album, Mythmaker, possibly our most epic and varied opus so far. ’A Temple In Time’ is a solid, epic rock tune, with a terrifically melodic and melancholic feel to it that fits well into the track’s mythical lyrics."
Kolony Records will release "Mythmaker" in North America on November 5th; stay tuned for more new music and news from the band in the coming weeks. More...
Russian pagan metallers Arkona are set to hit North America for a full headline tour this fall. The band will be hitting the road beginning October 28th in Frederick, MD and wrap things up November 22nd in Tampa, FL. A complete list of dates can be found below.
10/28: Frederick, MD @ Café 611
10/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/30: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
10/31: Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
11/1: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
11/2: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
11/4: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
11/5: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
11/6: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
11/8: Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winker Bean's
11/9: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/10: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/11: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex Arts Center
11/13: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
11/14: Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live (Outdoor Stage)
11/15: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
11/16: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/17: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
11/19: Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
11/20: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
11/21: New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
11/22: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum More...
Brazil's Sepultura is streaming the new track "The Age of the Atheist." The song appears on the upcoming new album "The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart," which is set for release on October 27th (EU), October 28th (UK) and October 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Trauma Of War
2. The Vatican
3. Impending Doom
4. Manipulation of Tragedy
6. The Bliss Of Ignorants
8. The Age of the Atheist
10. Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover)
Check out "The Age of the Atheist" here: More...
Blankfest Vancouver, the music charity fundraiser is proud to announce its return for its second annual event in support of the city’s Covenant House, the non-profit shelter that helps the cities street youth from age 16-24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, along with those who have been forced from their homes or those who have aged out of foster care. Last year, the full-to-capacity event raised over $1,000 and over 200 clothing items for the city’s less fortunate.
Leanne Harrison, event organizer and founder of artist management and booking SIN Agency comments:
"Going into our third year doing Blank-Fest events, I'm very excited to say I have two full time volunteers working with me this year and it's going to be better than ever in our second year in Vancouver and third in Calgary. The bands are strong and the support is growing in each city, and the team is a dedicated and amazing group of people that I'm grateful for every day."
This year's event will see seven local Vancouver bands with support from bands from Kelowna and Calgary ranging in various genres of rock n' roll, hard rock and metal, performing from 7:30pm to 2am at The Railway Club to share their tunes, raise awareness, funds and clothing for the city's homeless.
As the event slogan goes, 'It's About The Homeless, Nothing More, Nothing Less.' More...
In the never ending battle of the nerds, Protest The Hero readdresses an epic schism: Star Wars, or Star Trek? Check out the band's new lyric video for "Clarity" in the player below, courtesy of Altpress.com.
Protest The Hero's "Volition" is due out October 29th, 2013 and can be pre-ordered at this location. The track listing is as follows:
2. Drumhead Trial
3. Tilting Against Windmills
4. Without Prejudice
5. Yellow Teeth
6. Plato’s Tripartite
7. A Life Embossed
10. Animal Bones
New York based death metal band Disfigured Dead recently released a 2nd full-length album titled "Relentless" via Butchered Records & Sevared Records.
"Relentless" was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Doug White at Watchmen Studios in 2012. "Relentless" as well as the band's debut album "Visions of Death," can be purchased at this location.
Disfigured Dead has also now begun the process of recording a third as-of-yet untitled album. The guitars and drums have already been tracked, and Disfigured Dead is currently seeking a label to release the new album, which is tentatively scheduled to be completed in early 2014.
A video containing studio footage for the track "The Process of Decay" from the album "Relentless" can be viewed below. More...
San Francisco's Orchid has announced the release of "The Zodiac Sessions" this coming November 15th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
"The Zodiac Sessions" consists of the band's early works – 2009's "Through The Devil's Doorway" EP as well as the debut full-length "Capricorn" (2011).
For "The Zodiac Sessions," both releases have been completely remastered and put on one CD in a digipak featuring all new cover art, created by the band's singer, Theo Mindell.
On vinyl both parts of "The Zodiac Sessions" will be released separately – on 10“ ("Through The Devil's Doorway") and on 2LP 12“ ("Capricorn") and will be made available in various colors.
The track listing is:
1. Eyes Behind The Wall
3. Black Funeral
4. Masters Of It All
5. Down Into The Earth
6. He Who Walks Alone
7. Cosmonaut Of Three
8. Electric Father
Through The Devil’s Doorway
10. Into The Sun
11. Eastern Woman
12. Son Of Misery
13. No One Makes A Sound
Legendary metal act Metal Church is set to release the comeback album "Generation Nothing" on October 22nd via Rat Pak Records. The album artwork has been unveiled (shown below). Pre-orders for the release can be found at this lcoation.
"Generation Nothing" marks the bands 10th full length studio release and boasts the return to the band's classic metal sound, says founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof: "It has elements of both the first album and the 'The Dark,' but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past."
Now with the current band’s line up, Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar), Ronny Munroe (vox), Jeff Plate (drums), Rick Van Zandt (guitar) and Steve Unger on bass, "Generation Nothing" combines the best elements of the band’s early roots with modern day lyrical content and a revived hunger that delivers an electric assault of anthemic & epic metal songs! Videos for "Generation Nothing" and "Dead City" are currently in the post production stage and a world tour is in the works for 2014.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Bullet Proof
2. Dead City
3. Generation Nothing
4. Noises in the Wall
5. Jump the Gun
8. Hits Keep Coming
9. Close to the Bone
10. The Media Horse More...
As Autumn Calls has released the first track "Haunted," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Cold, Black & Everlasting." Listen to the track below.
The new album "Cold, Black & Everlasting" will be available October 25th, 2013 via the label Rain Without End Records.
Norwegian black metal act Gehenna is streaming the new track "The Decision." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Unravel," which is set to drop October 11th via Indie Recordings. "Unravel" marks the first release in eight years for the band and the studio debut of members: guitarist Skinndød, who joined in 2011, and drummer Slátrarinn, who joined in 2012.
The track list for "Unravel" is:
1. The Decision
3. Nothing Deserves Worship
4. Nine Circles Of Torture
5. A Grave Of Thoughts
6. Lead To The Pyre
7. End Ritual
8. Death Enters
Check out "The Decision" here: More...
Norwegian death thrashers Obliteration are streaming the new track "Goat Skull Crown." The song appears on the band's upcoming third full length LP "Black Death Horizon," which is due out on November 4th via Indie Recordings.
The track list for "Black Death Horizon" is:
1. The Distant Sun (They Are the Key)
2. Goat Skull Crown
3. Transient Passage
4. Ascendance (Sol Invictus)
5. Sepulchral Rites
6. Black Death Horizon
7. Churning Magma (Outro) More...
Norwegian doom metal act Sahg is streaming the new track "Slip Off the Edge of the Universe." The song appears on the upcoming release "Delusions of Grandeur," the band's fourth LP. The album drops on October 25, 2013 via Indie Recordings.
The track list for the album is:
1. Slip Off the Edge of the Universe
3. Firechild (streaming here)
4. Walls of Delusion
6. Then Wakens the Beast
7. Odium Delirium
8. Sleeper's Gate to the Galaxy
Check out "Slip Off the Edge of the Universe" here: More...
Erfurt, Germany natives Macbeth posted up a new music video for the track "Stalingrad-Untergang." The song appears on the band's latest release "Wiedergänger," which was issued in 2012 via Massacre Records.
Check out the video here:
Italian symphonic metal act Infinita Symphonia posted a new music video for the track "The Last Breath." The song appears on the band's sophomore self-titled release, which was issued back in June via Scarlet Records.
The video was created by Kate Creative Studio, directed/edited by Federico Toraldo with Assistant Giorgia Negro. Check it out here:
German A Capella power metal act Van Canto announced a string of tour dates with country mates Winterstorm for the beginning in February 2014. The band is currently in the studio with producers Charlie Bauerfeind and Ronald Prent recording the follow up to the 2011 release "Break the Silence" (see review here). The album, yet untitled, is expected for release in early 2014 ahead of the tour.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
TOUR OF THE BRAVE - VAN CANTO, WINTERSTORM [*] & Special Guest
14.02.2014 RUS - St. Petersburg / Zal Ozhidaniya
15.02.2014 RUS - Moskau / Klub Volta
21.02.2014 FR - Strassbourg / La Laiterie [*]
22.02.2014 CH - Pratteln / Gallery [*]
23.02.2014 DE - Nürnberg / RoFa [*]
06.03.2014 IT - Milano / Factory [*]
07.03.2014 DE - München / Backstage [*]
08.03.2014 CZ - Prague / Nova Chmelnice [*]
09.03.2014 DE - Ludwigsburg / ROFA [*]
21.03.2014 DE - Aschaffenburg / ColosSaal [*]
22.03.2014 DE - Hamburg / Grünspan [*]
23.03.2014 DE - Hameln / Sumpfblume [*]
02.04.2014 GB - London / Underworld [*]
03.04.2014 NL - Tilburg / O13 [*]
04.04.2014 DE - Bremen / Aladin [*]
05.04.2014 DE - Köln / Live Music Hall [*]
10.04.2014 DE - Berlin / Lido [*]
11.04.2014 DE - Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei [*]
12.04.2014 DE - Düsseldorf / Pitcher [*]
13.04.2014 DE - Dortmund / FZW [*]
The scottish pirates in Alestorm released a live clip of the track "Wenches & Mead" (from the 2008 debut LP "Captain Morgan's Revenge"). The clip is part of the upcoming new DVD/Live CD release "Live At the End of the World," which captures the band's performances in Australia and New Zealand earlier in the year. The DVD will be released on November 15th via Napalm Records.
The announcement from the band reads: "My friends, you've all waited long enough...so on this very special day, i think it is time we announced that our long-awaited Live DVD, "LIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD", will be released on NOVEMBER 15TH! Filmed back in January in Australia & New Zealand, this double disc set (1 DVD & 1 Audio CD) contains our full pro-filmed super high quality live headlining show from Melbourne, plus a metric fuckton of bonus material and other nautical nonsense from the rest of the tour. It's gonna kick ass!"
The track list is as follows:
1. The Quest
2. The Sunk'n Norwegian
5. Over the Seas
6. Midget Saw
7. Nancy the Tavern Wench
8. Pirate Song
9. Back Through Time
10. Wenches & Mead
11. Death Throes of the Terrorsquid
14. Set Sail and Conquer
15. Captain Morgan's Revenge
Check out "Wenches & Mead" here: More...
Belgian based power/progressive at Epysode posted a "deleted scenes" video from the recording sessions of the new album "Fantasmagoria." The album is set for release via AFM Records on October 11th.
Guest appearances will be made by: Mike LePond (Symphony X), Henning Basse (MaYaN), Tom Englund (Evergrey), Simone Mularoni (DGM), Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation), Julien Spreutels (Ethernity), Ida Haukland (Triosphere), Matt Marinelli (Borealis) and Tezzi Persson (Between the Silence).
Check out the video here:
Finnish doom/death metal act Hanging Garden posted a trailer clip for the upcoming EP release "I Was A Soldier." The release drops via Lifeforce Records November 18th, 2013 and will also be available as strictly limited edition 7" incl. digital bonus track. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track list for the EP is:
1. Winter to Summer Adverse
2. I Was a Soldier
3. Will You Share This Ending with Me?
Check out the trailer clip here:
Legendary Bay area thrash act Death Angel is streaming the second new track from the upcoming release "The Dream Calls for Blood." The song "Caster of Shame" can be heard over at the band's Official Website. The album is set to drop October 11th (Europe), October 14th (UK) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
The album's track listing is:
1. Left For Dead
2. Son of the Morning
4. The Dream Calls for Blood
6. Execution - Don’t Save Me
7. Caster Of Shame
10. Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust
11. Heaven And Hell
German symphonic power death metallers Kambrium are on the cusp of releasing the sophomore full length album "Dark Reveries," which drops on October 18th via 7Hard Records. Few younger bands impress more than this exciting band, defying genre boundaries by combining extreme elements with power and symphonic metal. The result is blinding brutality enveloped inside a symphonic wall of melody performed with the precision on par with metal’s most veteran acts.
"Dark Reveries" tells the tale of a man who wakes up into his own nightmares and is unable to escape. It features guest vocal appearances from Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Avantasia), Thomas Winkler (Gloryhammer/Ex-Emerald) and newcomer Melanie Mau. The album was produced and mixed by Flaming Row's Martin Schnella, who also provided background vocals and guitar work. For a review of "Dark Reveries," head on over to this location.
Metal Underground.com is proud to provide the exclusive premiere of the new track "Dark Lights," which features a guest vocal appearance from Gloryhammer vocalist Thomas Winkler (Ex-Emerald) (for a review of Gloryhammer's debut LP "Tales From the Kingdom of Fife," head over here).
Keyboardist/composer Jan Hein describes story behind the lyrics: "Dark Lights is about the person who wakes up in his own nightmare. Everything seems so unreal and he can't run away from the shadows who are hunting him." As for his choice of Thomas Winkler Hein added: "I wanted a strong characterful voice for that song. I discovered the band Gloryhammer and was blown away from Thomas' voice. I asked him to sing the song for us. We are overwhelmed by the result! Hope you guys like it too!"
Check out "Dark Lights" here: